North Pole Marathon feat for PMB cou­ple

The Witness - - FRONT PAGE - CHELSEA PI­ETERSE • chelsea.pi­eterse@wit­

PI­ETER­MAR­ITZBURG cou­ple Steve and Eleanor Pien­aar have made his­tory by be­com­ing the first South Africans to run in and com­plete the North Pole Marathon, earn­ing them the pres­ti­gious “Grand Slam” ti­tle.

They fin­ished the race in just over nine hours on Sun­day.

The pair al­ready have seven marathons on seven con­ti­nents in seven years under their belts and have now be­come South Africa’s first cou­ple to par­tic­i­pate in and com­plete the North Pole Marathon — one of the tough­est races in the world.

The Pien­aars were the first South African cou­ple to be­come mem­bers of the pres­ti­gious Seven Con­ti­nents Marathon Club in late 2016 af­ter run­ning the Antarc­tic Ice Marathon.

They have now earned the Grand Slam ti­tle, run­ning the marathon on mov­ing sea ice in sub-zero con­di­tions. Their fin­ish­ing time was nine hours, one minute and 11 sec­onds.

Ac­cord­ing to the North Pole Marathon’s Face­book page, Eleanor was placed fifth out of the 11 women who com­peted while Steve was placed 38th out of the 39 male com­peti­tors. The pair shared the same fin­ish­ing time, mean­ing they were able to cross the fin­ish line to­gether.

The Wit­ness was un­able to reach the cou­ple yes­ter­day but hopes to hear from them later to­day.

Sev­eral friends have con­grat­u­lated them on Face­book for their amazing feat.


MAIN: Pi­eter­mar­itzburg cou­ple Eleanor and Steve Pien­aar stand next to a ‘Be­ware Po­lar Bears’ sign in Sval­bard, lo­cated be­tween the North Pole and Nor­way a few days be­fore earn­ing their Grand Slam ti­tle. IN­SET: The cou­ple share a selfie a few days...

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